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NACIS News July 2023

Date posted: July 24, 2023


Registration is now open!

Log in to our website with your NACIS account information to register at the member or student rate. If you’re not already a member, consider joining! Non-members can also register. Register by Saturday, September 30th to receive the early-bird discount. Visit the current meeting page for more information.

Conference schedule  

The preliminary conference program is now available. NACIS 2023 will feature over 160 speakers presenting across Practical Cartography Day, 24 Main Conference sessions, 6 discussion panels, 2 workshops, and 1 field trip. We’ll announce the official program once we confirm all speakers and finalize each session.

Attention presenters: Acceptance emails were sent out July 9th. Please confirm your participation in NACIS 2023 by replying to the acceptance email at your earliest convenience. Carefully review your abstract in the preliminary schedule. How it appears in Sched is how it will appear in the print program! If you didn’t receive an acceptance email or you have edits to your abstract in the online program, please email [email protected].
  • Questions about the Main Conference, workshops, or field trips? Email [email protected].

Hotel reservations  

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, 300 W. Station Square Dr., Pittsburgh. We’re trying to add more rooms to our block. If you booked a room and can no longer attend, please contact [email protected] before canceling your reservation with the hotel. If you would like to be waitlisted in the event a room becomes available, please email the NACIS business managers at [email protected] to get on a waitlist. Being waitlisted does not guarantee you’ll get a room and we encourage you to explore other lodging options. You can still book your stay at the standard daily rate online or by calling the hotel directly at (412) 261-2000. The hotel website includes terms and conditions which explain the cancellation policy to avoid penalty. 

Map gallery  

Deadline: August 31, 2023
Show off your latest projects, favorite cartographic designs, research, or experimental and avant garde techniques in Pittsburgh by submitting your work to the gallery! Questions? Contact [email protected].

Student Print and Dynamic Map Competitions  

Deadline: August 31, 2023
We encourage students to enter their work in the map and poster or dynamic mapping competitions. Students are eligible to win cash prizes of up to $500. Questions? Email [email protected].

Keynote speaker – Peng Shepherd

Peng Shepherd is the nationally bestselling author of The Cartographers, The Book of M, and The Future Library. Her second novel, The Cartographers, was a USA Today, LA Times, and national Independent Bookstores bestseller. It was named a Best Book of 2022 by The Washington Post, as well as a Pick of the Month by Good Morning America, Amazon, Apple, Real Simple, Buzzfeed, Bustle, and Goodreads, and was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Her first novel, The Book of M, won the 2019 Neukom Institute for Literary Arts Award for Debut Speculative Fiction, and was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, Elle, Refinery29, and The Verge, a Best Book of the Summer by the Today Show and NPR On Point, and has been optioned for television.

A graduate of New York University’s MFA program, Peng is the recipient of a 2020 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet, and has lived in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York, and Mexico City. When not writing, she can be found planning her next trip or haunting local bookstores.

Saturday workshops & field trip  

When you register for the conference, add one of the post-conference mapping workshops. This year, learn about improving accessibility in maps with GreenInfo Network or engage in hands-on exercises to improve your interactive web maps with Map Viewer and ArcGIS StoryMaps. Space is limited so reserve your spot soon!

Travel grants

Travel grants are available to support the attendance of students and professionals alike. Apply for a travel grant today.

Volunteers needed   

Would you like to moderate a session or volunteer at the conference? It’s a great way to get to know people, make new mappy friends, and help the community all at the same time. Email [email protected] for details.

Code of Conduct   

When registering, all attendees will be required to agree to abide by the terms and conditions in the NACIS Code of Conduct.
Every other year, NACIS recognizes imaginative cartography that takes us into the world of the possible with the Corlis Benefideo Award. It recognizes a body of work and the perspective it brings to the field of cartography and the contributions it makes to the world as a whole. Please help us find our next honoree! We’re especially interested in seeking out people or groups working in the realm of imaginative cartography who are not yet part of our community. All nominations will be considered and appreciated. 

Fill in those gaps with Atlas of Design reprints

Have you been waiting to complete your Atlas of Design collection? Well, the time has come – we reprinted Volume 1 and Volume 4 this summer. List price is $35, and NACIS members get 25% off by using a special discount code. You’ll need to log in with an active account to retrieve the code here

First published in 2012 and revised in 2019, Volume 1 of the Atlas of Design features a diverse collection of 27 maps, including creator essays, and an introduction by the volume’s editors, Timothy R. Wallace and Daniel P. Huffman.

Volume 4 of the Atlas of Design was released in 2018 and sold out in a matter of months! This much-awaited reprint features 33 maps with essays by their creators and an introduction by Tanya Buckingham Anderson.

Research fellowship opportunity

Applications for the Philip Lee Phillips Society Fellowships are open! Conduct research at the Library of Congress in the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world. The 8-week residency includes an $11,500 stipend with the possibility of an additional $2,000 honorarium for a lecture and publication.  

Apply by September 15, 2023. Full details can be found on the website

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